The Times Describes Madewell As ‘Skipper to J.Crew’s Barbie’

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This week's Times critical shopper took on Madewell, which left her mostly unimpressed: "Most of their all-American looks, including 'heritage premium' overalls in a faded 'bighorn wash' ($200), are made in China. Now that’s distress of another stripe." She's also less than impressed with Alexa Chung's contributions. "Ms. Chung is the winsome young British presenter-for-hire who has designed a few items derived from her personal style for Madewell (cropped fisherman-knit sweater, $140, available online) and who is quoted on the wall, alongside Lucky magazine editors, declaring this season’s omnipresent chambray 'a no brainer' and concluding, 'Long live tomboys.'" [NYT]